5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: BTE, EPR, BMR, AGU, SPLS

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Tomorrow, March 26, 2013, 78 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Baytex Energy

Owners of Baytex Energy (NYSE: BTE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $42.16 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for Baytex Energy has been 159,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Baytex Energy has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Baytex Energy Corp., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and the United States. It offers heavy oil, light oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.93. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Baytex Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baytex Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Baytex Energy Ratings Report now.

EPR Properties

Owners of EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 79 cents per share. At a price of $51.81 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for EPR Properties has been 300,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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EPR Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), develops, owns, leases, and finances entertainment and related properties in the United States and Canada. Its properties include megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, and destination recreational and specialty properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.01. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates EPR Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EPR Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full EPR Properties Ratings Report now.

BioMed Realty

Owners of BioMed Realty (NYSE: BMR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $22.15 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for BioMed Realty has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. BioMed Realty has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on providing real estate to the life science industry in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 289.86. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate BioMed Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BioMed Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full BioMed Realty Ratings Report now.

Agrium

Owners of Agrium (NYSE: AGU) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $100.26 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Agrium has been 800,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Agrium has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Agrium Inc. engages in the retail of agricultural products and services. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Advanced Technologies. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.50. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Agrium a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Agrium Ratings Report now.

Staples

Owners of Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $13.33 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.6%.

The average volume for Staples has been 12.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Staples has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Staples Ratings Report now.

More About Dividends:

One benefit of owning a stock is the potential that you will be paid a dividend. The distribution of dividend payments is another way for a company to share its profit with you. A dividend means that the company pays you a certain amount of money, either as a one-time payment or more commonly on a quarterly basis, for each share of stock you own.

Many times, dividends come at the expense of greater price appreciation, because the company is distributing its profits to shareholders rather than reinvesting the profits back into the growth of the company. However, companies that pay dividends can be very attractive to investors when they offer a steady stream of income. There are some important terms and dates an investor should be familiar with before purchasing any dividend-paying companies. Let's work through an example to help better explain some of these terms:

On March 1, ABC Widget Company has decided that because it holds excess cash and lacks investment opportunities, it would like to reward shareholders with a regular quarterly dividend payment. The date for this particular announcement is known as the declaration date. It is on this date that the company announces the specific dividend payment along with the holder of record date (aka record date) and the payment date. The company announces that a dividend payment of 25 cents per share will be payable March 31, 2012 (the payment date) to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2012 (holder of record date). What does this all mean? Well the short story is that the company looks at its records on March 16 and anyone listed on the books as an owner of ABC Widget company will be eligible for the dividend payment (on March 31).

The one other important term to remember is the ex-dividend date. The ex-dividend date (typically two trading days before the holder of record date for U.S. securities) is the day in which a company begins trading without the dividend. In order to have a claim on a dividend, shares must be purchased no later than the last business day before the ex-dividend date. A company trading ex-dividend will have the upcoming dividend subtracted from the share price at the start of the trading day. Many times, the price of a stock will increase in anticipation of the upcoming dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, yet will fall back by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date.

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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